The Hideaway

The Hideaway

When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home from New Orleans, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever did in life.


After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags's ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering Mags’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.


Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career. Amid Sheetrock dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected.


Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed Mags’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.


When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.

Title:The Hideaway
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780718084226
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About Lauren K. Denton

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. The Hideaway is her first novel.


    The Hideaway Reviews

  • Debra

    This is a beautifully written debut novel (hard to believe it is a debut novel) which pulls at the heartstrings. When Sara is informed that her grandmother "Mags" has passed away she returns home to S...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Sara's eccentric grandmother Mags has passed away, leaving her home (an old bed and breakfast) to Sara. Sara had left the small town to move to New Orleans to start her own life and she had kinda forg...

  • Judy Collins

    The 30 Best Books of 2017Storyteller Lauren K. Denton, a new voice in Southern fiction delivers a smashing debut, THE HIDEAWAY. Making me want to return to my southern front porch and curl up for a l...

  • Sarah Joint

    This is a perfect feel-good read that you can sink right into. It would be a fantastic book to read during a day on a beach. I was in the mood for something light and uplifting, and that's what I got....

  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5The Hideaway was AMAZING. It was a super fast read (I read it in 1 day), and I cried more than once. It was such a great Southern fiction story, and definitely charming as other rev...

  • Laura Rash

    I'm going to be blatantly honest. I thought this was going to end up as some corny love story that would make me gag. BOY WAS I WRONG!!! This was one of the best books I've read in awhile. It flowed s...

  • Vanessa

    This is a perfect, heartwarming novel full of Southern charm and family values. I can't believe this is Lauren K. Denton's first novel! Sara Jenkins owns Bits and Pieces, a store filled with antiques,...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    If you're looking for a sweet story about friends and community, this is one of the books. Sara lives in New Orleans and has a shop called Bits and Pieces, where she fixes up and sells stuff. She has ...

  • Dale Harcombe

    An unexpected phone call brings sorrow, guilt and change to Sara’s life. It also brings a lot more than she bargained for. Leaving her business in New Orleans in the care of her assistant Allyn, she...

  • Pamela

    After a whirlwind of activity in August - out of state company, a mini family reunion, heat wave upon heat wave, RSD setbacks - things have finally settled down enough for me to catch up on reviews. T...